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- Date published: 23/06/2020
A worker was seriously injured when he fell almost 3 metres at a London based company.
At a site in Hemel Hempstead, an engineer was testing a sprinkler system for leaks. To get towards the leak he climbed onto an internal roof and was inspecting the leak from an extension ladder. The ladder slipped away from him and he fell into the gap between the roof and the external wall. He sustained a fractured vertebra, suffered soft tissue damage and loss around half of his bloodstream which required a blood transfusion.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found after investigating that practicable measures had not been put in place to prevent a fall from the internal roof for the workers. Modus Workspace Limited failed to their duty to preventing falling from a height. This company was found guilty after a five-week trial of breaching section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. A £1.1 million fine was made and ordered to pay costs of £68,116,18.
HSE inspector John Berezansky, commented: “This case highlights the importance of taking reasonably practicable measures when planning and managing the risks regarding work at height within the construction industry.
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